Largest measles outbreak: MSF intervenes in Kongo Central
5 Minutes to Understand... Measles (ENG)

Measles: 5 minutes to understand

5 minutes to understand

Measles is a highly contagious disease can cause deadly epidemics.

The World Health Organization estimates that measles cases in Africa rose 700 per cent between 2018 and 2019.

In low-income countries, when measles is combined with malnutrition or malaria, it’s effects can be devastating. But, thanks to a safe, cheap and effective vaccine, measles is a preventable disease.

In Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, supply and cold chain issues, lack of staff and resources have all affected recent vaccination campaigns. As a result, epidemics that broke out in 2018 continue to claim lives.

Taking action in contexts like these necessitates a series of strategic decisions.

Democratic Republic of Congo

At Goma volcano site, MSF focuses on water and prevention

Project Update 21 Jan 2002

Fear of measles epidemic in Nigeria expanding

Project Update 23 Apr 2001

How MSF teams treat measles patients

Project Update 28 Sep 2000

How measles kills

Project Update 28 Sep 2000
Access to medicines

Overview of the MSF case load and action to October 16, 1999

Project Update 21 Oct 1999
Democratic Republic of Congo

Measles epidemic hits district in Democratic Republic of Congo

Project Update 2 Sep 1999
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